EPIK APPLICATION FORM INSTRUCTIONS

Instructions for the Fall 2010 EPIK Application Form
The following document includes detailed information and notes explaining how to correctly fill out the EPIK application form. These instructions intend to assist applicants with the process and aim to ensure that applications are accurately completed. This document is written as a reference only for the official Fall 2010 National EPIK Application. The application is reviewed carefully and is considered an essential part of the application process. Applicants are requested to send a completed application to the EPIK office twice: once during the initial screening phase and later, a final copy along with the required documents. Occasionally, interviewers may request changes to be made to the application. If the changes are not made between the initial submission and final submission, applicants’ files will be considered incomplete. Restated: If the application form is not fully and correctly completed, EPIK will not process the application. The instructional notes are separated according to page and question number, so please refer to both the page and question number to find the corresponding information and instructions.

Instructional Notes for Page 1 of the Fall 2010 Application Form
①-1 Legal Name ②-1 ②-2 ③-1 ③-2 ③-3 Date of Birth Age Gender Marriage Place of Birth Enter legal name in Legal First, Middle Initial, Legal Last Name (Surname) format. Enter date of birth in YYYY/MM/DD format. Enter legal age. Check the “Male” or “Female” box. Check the “Married” or “Unmarried” box. Enter your place of birth, including city, state/province (if applicable) and country. Citizenship used to teach in Korea. → Citizenship: By immigration law, EPIK teachers should have citizenship from one of the following countries: Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, United States and South Africa. Some exceptions may apply for overseas Koreans with permanent residence in one of the seven designated Englishspeaking countries. Please check the EPIK website or with the EPIK office for more information regarding eligibility. List any other citizenship(s) held. Answer as many of the fields as possible. → Available Interview Time Frame: Please note if you will be unavailable on specific days (e.g. vacation, etc.). See attached World Time Chart for an estimate of the time change from Korea to your home country. → Primary Phone: Include the country and area code with the number and plan to use a reliable phone with consistent service. → Primary Email: If you currently are a university student, only use your university email if it is permanent and if you will be able to access the address after graduation. Enter current address. List your future/permanent mailing address. 1

④-1 Primary Citizenship

④-2 Secondary Citizenship ⑤ Interview Contact Information

⑥-1 Current Address ⑥-2 Future/ Permanent Mailing Address

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Passport Photo The photo should be of professional/passport quality and show only the face and shoulders.

Instructional Notes for Page 2 of the Fall 2010 Application Form
⑥-3 Current and Previous Residence(s) ⑦-1 Criminal Record ⑦-2 Minimum Educational Requirements List the dates, city, state/province and country where you have resided for at least the past 10 years. Add more rows if necessary. Provide at least 10 years of residential history. Check the “Yes” or “No” box. →Criminal Record: If you have ever committed an offense that will appear on your criminal record, contact your agent or the EPIK office to ensure that you still are eligible for a position. Check the “Yes” or “No” box. → Educational Requirements: Overseas Koreans who qualify must provide proof of their education from the first year of middle school. → International School Students: Citizens by birth of one of the 7 designated English speaking countries who studied at an international school where instruction is conducted in English may apply provided that they submit proof of their school’s curriculum and accreditation. Check the “Yes” or “No” box. → Willingness: Placements are made on a first-come, first-serve basis, and ultimately, applicants must be flexible and willing to work anywhere in Korea. Check the “Yes” or “No” box. →Willingness: The National EPIK office cannot guarantee placement at a specific level of school. For this reason, applicants must be flexible with their preferences. Educational institutes include elementary, middle and high schools. Check the “Yes” or “No” box. →Successful Contract Completion: If yes, please attach a short explanation to the application form after the essay. Check the “Yes” or “No” box. If “Yes,” please give the exact finish date below. This question is applicable only to applicants currently in Korea.

⑦-3 Willingness to Work Anywhere in Korea? ⑦-4 Willingness to Work at Any Educational Institution ⑦-5 Successful Contract Completion ⑦- Current Contract Status

Instructional Notes for Page 3 of the Fall 2010 Application Form
⑧-1 Educational Background Fill out all of the requested fields including State/Province, Country, Graduation Date and Number of Years enrolled information. → Educational Background: List all schools attended for elementary, middle and high school. For post-secondary education, list all of the institutions where you have obtained credits toward your degree(s). If you started a degree but did not finish it, do not include the institution’s information (e.g., started a Master’s or Ph.D but did not complete the course or thesis). If you started a degree and transferred those credits toward another degree, include the institution’s information (e.g., started an Associate’s and transferred credit toward a Bachelor’s). → Degree Information: Post-secondary degrees include: Bachelors of Art, Bachelors of Science, Bachelors of Education, Bachelors of Music, Masters of Arts, Masters of Fine Arts, etc. Abbreviations (B.A, B.Sc, B.Ed, MA, MFA, etc) are acceptable. Do not put your major in this blank. Do not put your department in this blank. → Major Information: Put your primary academic focus or concentration here. Do not list your courses. → Double Major: If you were a double major, list both majors on the same row and note that you were a double major. For example, 2

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under the “Major” blank, write “English and Law (double major).” → GPA or Percentage: Put your final or current cumulative GPA in this space. If you are still at university, put your latest cumulative GPA. Put the scale for reference (e.g., 3.4 / 4.0 or 4.3 / 5.0). If your school does not calculate GPA, put the percentage and scale (e.g., 65/80 or 90/100). If your school uses a different grading scale, give your best approximation. →Post-Secondary Institutions: Post-secondary institutions must be accredited by that country’s respective Education Board or Department. EPIK does not recognize degrees obtained from postsecondary institutions outside of the seven (7) designated Englishspeaking countries. If applicable, enter the appropriate information. → Accrediting Institution: TEFL/TESOL courses must be accredited. → Issue Date: If you currently are taking the course, list expected completion date. Courses must be finished before the Orientation begins. → Hours: The minimum number of hours required to be potentially eligible for a higher pay level is 100 hours. If the number of hours is not stated on the certificate, it must be proved by sufficient documentation such as a letter from the course’s director. If there are multiple certificates, applicants should provide one letter from the course’s director stating the courses taken and total cumulative hours completed. → Original Certificate: Even if you submitted a copy to the EPIK office before arrival, the original certificate must be shown before the contract start date, preferably during the Orientation period. Therefore, the course should be completed with adequate time to receive a hard copy of the certificate. List all applicable certifications including the title, issue date and expiration date. → Issue Date: If you have not yet received the certification, list the expected completion date. Even if you submitted a copy to the EPIK office before arrival, bring the original to Korea before the contract start date, preferably during the Orientation period. Fill in all of the requested fields. The referee is the individual who wrote the letter of recommendation. → Letters of Recommendation: Referees’ name and institutions listed here should be the same as those on the letters of recommendation submitted with the application form before the interview. The content of the letters should not change from the initial submission to the final submission unless specifically requested by the EPIK office. → Change of References: Applicants cannot change their referees unless specifically requested to do so by the EPIK office. → Contact Information: The contact information in this box should be the same as the contact information on the letters of recommendation.

⑧-2 TEFL/TESOL or CELTA Certification

⑧-3 Teaching Certification / License / Credentials ⑨ Contact Information for Letters of Recommendation

Instructional Notes for Page 4 of the Fall 2010 Application Form
⑩ Non-Teaching Work Experience List from the most recent employment. Include a full work history. Add rows if necessary. →Work Experience: Part-time or summer jobs are acceptable if you have no other applicable work history. Be sure to indicate the nature of the position under the “Job Title” column (e.g. Summer Administrative Assistant or Intern). 3

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→ Part-time and full-time: If the job was part-time, indicate it by marking PT or P/T. If the job was full-time, write FT or F/T. List only full time teaching experience at an accredited educational institute. → Teaching Experience: For salary purposes, EPIK accepts only fulltime experience occurring at the same institution for a minimum of “one full academic year.” In order to be eligible for a higher salary, successful applicants will have to provide an official Proof of Teaching Experience letter issued by the institution which must include: official letterhead and contact information for the institution/school; an original signature from a director, supervisor or principal; and specific start and finish dates including the month and year. The letter must clearly indicate “full-time,” and letters indicating a term of employment for less than 12 months must clearly indicate that applicant was employed for “one full academic year.” In private institutes, “one full academic year” must be a full one year (12 month) contract term. For reference, EPIK has provided a proof of teaching experience template at the end of this document. List the contact information for your primary co-teacher or direct supervisor who has worked with you in a close, supervisory role. Secondary Co-Teachers’ contact information is unacceptable, and managers/Principals with whom you have had little contact are not preferred. List from the most recent experience and add more rows if necessary. → Other Teaching Experiences: Substitute teaching positions, volunteer experiences and other short-term or long-term educational or mentoring experiences can be written here. Please list the pay level that you currently qualify for and the level you expect to qualify for when you begin the EPIK contract in late August 2010. →Salary Level: Salary is standardized according to qualifications and/or teaching experience. Please note that only full-time teaching experience of a minimum of “one full academic year” makes an applicant for eligible for a higher salary. Also, TEFL and TESOL training must consist of a minimum of 100 hours and be proved with documentation. It is the applicant’s responsibility to prove the course hours. The EPIK pay scale can be found on the EPIK website. All documents must be submitted before the Orientation begins.

⑪ -1 Full-Time Teaching Experience

⑪ -2 Contact Information for Full-Time Teaching Experience in Korea ⑪ -3 Part-Time Student Teaching or Tutoring Experience ⑫ Salary Level

Instructional Notes for Page 5 of the Fall 2010 Application Form
⑬ -1 Provincial Placement Preferences EPIK is a national program that places teachers all over Korea. EPIK tries intentionally to place successful applicants according to their provincial preferences using an unbiased first-come, first-serve placement system. However, the final provincial recommendation depends on availability at the time that EPIK receives your complete required documentation. Therefore, because of the firstcome, first-serve assignment of provinces, applicants must ultimately be flexible about working anywhere in Korea in the case that their initial preferences are unavailable at the time of document completion. → Final Acceptance: The final acceptance decision is made by the individual Provincial Office of Education to which you have been recommended and not the National EPIK office. Successful 4

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applicants are unable to select specific cities within a province or specific districts within a city-province. Do not write down a specific city within a province or a district within a city. Check the kind of province you would prefer to work in. Rank your placement preferences from 1-5. → Preferences: Note that applicants with a successful interview will only be recommended to a province upon successful submission and evaluation of all of the required documents on an impartial first-come, first-serve basis. Please also note that the final acceptance decision is made by the Provincial/Metropolitan Office of Education and not the National EPIK office. In numerical number (1 being the most preferred), list which type of school best matches your strengths. → Educational Setting: Note that Provincial/Metropolitan Offices of Education try to place successful applicants according to their suitability and strengths, however, there is much variation of availability between provinces and the type of educational setting cannot be guaranteed in advance. Applicants must be flexible. → Educational Settings: For reference, primary school includes grades 1-6; middle school includes grades 7-9; and high school includes grades 10-12. → Placement: Please note that the final acceptance and placement decision is made by the Provincial/Metropolitan Offices of Education and not the National EPIK office. Check “Yes” or “No.” → First-Come, First-Serve: Applicants’ files must be complete to be recommended to a Provincial/Metropolitan Office of Education. Applicants should be comfortable working and teaching anywhere in Korea and should not change their placement preferences after the final document submission. Check “Yes” or “No.” → Document Submission: EPIK will not recommend incomplete files with missing documents or mistakes. Before making a recommendation to a Provincial/Metropolitan Office of Education, EPIK will conduct a thorough assessment of all documents. Check “Yes” or “No.” → School Placement: School placement information is not available until arrival in country. Check “Yes” or “No.” → Multiple Schools: Depending on the Provincial/Metropolitan Office of Education’s needs, applicants may teach at more than one school in order to reach 22 teaching hours a week. Check “Yes” or “No.” → Commuting: Depending upon housing availability and school location, applicants may need to commute up to 60 minutes. Housing is secured by the individual’s school, and EPIK cannot provide housing or school details before arrival. → Public Transportation: Regardless of placement, public transportation is excellent in Korea, and applicants should not have difficulty using public or private transportation.

⑬ -2 Preference for Province Type ⑬ -3 Preference for Province Location

⑬ -4 Preference for Type of Educational Setting

⑬ -5 First-Come, First-Serve Policy

⑬ -6 Document Submission

⑬ -7 School Placement ⑬ -8 Multiple Schools ⑬ -9 Commuting

Instructional Notes for Page 6 of the Fall 2010 Application Form
⑭ -1 Joint Application List other EPIK applicants you would like to live with in the same province or city. Joint applicants need to submit their application to the EPIK program at the same time. 5

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→ Joint Application: EPIK views joint applicants as one administrative partnership in the application process and will not process one applicant’s application or documents without the joint applicant’s as well. If one joint applicant withdraws from the application process, remove his/her name from the application form and inform your agent/the EPIK office as soon as possible to avoid any processing delays. Check “Yes” or “No.” → Marital Status: If you are engaged to be married before arrival to your joint applicant, please write the wedding date in the “Relationship” box in question ⑭-1. Check “Yes” or “No.” → Joint Housing: Married applicants with different surnames requesting joint housing should submit a copy of their marriage certificate with the rest of their documents. List any dependants that will accompany you to Korea. →Dependants: EPIK does not provide family or couples housing for applicants with a dependant. Additionally, applicants with a dependant should fill out the “Statement of Intent” form attached at the end of this document. EPIK stresses that applicants should have a clear and viable plan for their dependants (e.g., schooling options for children and alternative activities for spouses/other dependants). Check “Yes” or “No.” → Pets: EPIK highly discourages applicants from bringing pets to Korea. List the contact information of your emergency contact. Your emergency contact should not be your joint applicant and should be reliable and easy to contact in case of an emergency.

⑭ -2 Marital Status ⑭ -3 Joint Housing

⑭ -4 Dependants

⑭ -5 Pets ⑭ -6 Emergency Contact

Instructional Notes for Page 7 of the Fall 2010 Application Form
⑮ -Checklist ① Check “Yes” or “No.” →Criminal Record: Applicants with any criminal record should contact their agent or the EPIK office to verify that they are eligible to apply. Check “Yes” or “No.” Check “Yes” or “No.” Check “Yes” or “No.” Check “Yes” or “No.” Check “Yes” or “No.” Check “Yes” or “No.” → Vegetarian or Vegans: Often, even meatless soups have a meat based broth as well. EPIK recommends that vegetarians and vegans research life in Korea and available food products before arrival. Check “Yes” or “No.” Check “Yes” or “No.” →Tattoos or Piercings: Applicants may be required to cover up their tattoos or remove their piercings depending upon their placement on the body. Check “Yes” or “No.” →Job Description: Please refer to www.epik.go.kr for more information. Check “Yes” or “No.” Check “Yes” or “No.” →Notice of Appointment: The Notice of Appointment will arrive with 6

⑮ -Checklist ⑮ -Checklist ⑮ -Checklist ⑮ -Checklist ⑮ -Checklist ⑮ -Checklist

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⑮ -Checklist ⑧ ⑮ -Checklist ⑨

⑮ -Checklist ⑩ ⑮ -Checklist ⑪ ⑮ -Checklist ⑫

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⑮ -Checklist ⑬ the contract. Check “Yes” or “No.” → Support Funds: EPIK recommends that teachers prepare at least $1,000 USD (or the equivalent) to support their stay during the first month because teachers may not receive the Entry Allowance until their first payday. For the initial submission, a digital signature is acceptable. An ink signature is necessary for final document submission.

Required Documents

Instructional Notes for Page 8 of the Fall 2010 Application Form
Height and Weight ⑯-Checklist ① ⑯-Checklist ⑯-Checklist ⑯-Checklist ⑯-Checklist ⑯-Checklist ⑯-Checklist ⑯-Checklist ② ③ ④ ⑤ ⑥ ⑦ ⑧ Put your height and weight in cm and kg. For reference, 2.20 lbs = 1 kilogram and 2.54 cm = 1 inch. Give a short description. Check “Yes” or “No.” Check “Yes” or “No.” Check “Yes” or “No.” Check “Yes” or “No.” Check “Yes” or “No.” Check “Yes” or “No.” Check “Yes” or “No.” →Physical Test: All new GETs are required to take a medical exam upon entry into Korea per Immigration law requirements. Check “Yes” or “No.” Check “Yes” or “No.” Check “Yes” or “No.” Check “Yes” or “No.” Check “Yes” or “No.” Check “Yes” or “No.” Check “Yes” or “No.” Enter the number of standard servings of alcohol consumed weekly. →Servings of Alcohol: If you tend to drink a serving of alcohol daily (e.g., a glass of wine with dinner), please note this. For example, an appropriate answer would be, “1 glass of wine each night =7~10 servings a week.” For the initial submission, a digital signature is acceptable. An ink signature is necessary for final document submission.

⑯-Checklist ⑨ ⑯-Checklist ⑩ ⑯-Checklist ⑪ ⑯-Checklist ⑫ ⑯-Checklist ⑬ ⑯-Checklist ⑭ ⑯-Checklist⑮ ⑯-Checklist ⑯

Signature

Instructional Notes for Page 9 of the Fall 2010 Application Form
Consent for Verification Signature Completely fill out all blanks. List your current address. For the initial submission, a digital signature is acceptable. An ink signature is necessary for final document submission.

Instructional Notes for Page 10 of the Fall 2010 Application Form
⑰ -Personal
Essay The essay has a 500 word minimum word limit. Use size 11 font. The statement must address: (1) your reasons for wanting to teach EFL; (2) your educational philosophy; and (3) your thoughts on encountering cultural difference. →Personal Essay: The personal essay must address the prompt and will be assessed on content, form, grammar and style. Off-topic essays are unacceptable (e.g., resumes, biographies, excerpts from papers or theses are unacceptable). Applicants with essays 7

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that are less than 500 words will not be given an interview.

Time Conversion Chart
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Statement of Intent for EPIK Applicants with Dependant(s)
EPIK aims to ensure that all Guest English Teachers have a comfortable, enjoyable and successful tenure in Korea’s public schools. Occasionally, GETs are accompanied by a dependant(s) to Korea (e.g., children or non-working spouses). EPIK is committed to providing assistance and guidance for GETs to the fullest of our abilities. Support for a dependant(s), however, is the responsibility of the GET, and EPIK needs to know that GETs have a viable plan for their dependants’ wellbeing before arrival. In the space provided, please provide full answers to the questions. Dependant(s) Basic Information (add more rows if necessary)
Name Relationship M/F Age Nationality

① Why will your dependant(s) be accompanying you to Korea?
Answer here.

② What will your dependant(s) do during the day while you are teaching?
Answer here.

③ If your dependant(s) is a child, how will he/she continue his/her education?
Answer here.

④ If your dependant(s) is an adult, what will he/she be doing instead of working at a traditional full-time job?
Answer here.

If you have any other comments or notes regarding your dependant(s), feel free to leave them below. Thank applicants’ career. The letter must: Please write specific information regarding the you for your time!
 Be<Proof of Teaching in Korean or English

Experience Template>
Should Include: Company Address

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Include the applicant’s full first and last name.

Letter Head Include dates of employment: In YYYY/MM-YYYY/MM format. E.g., 2008/08-2010/07

Include the total number of academic or contractual years worked. E.g., “2 full Contact information academic years.” Phone number

Email address Include the exact location of the school or institute. E.g., Reading Town in Busan
Include a position title. E.g., “Full Time English teacher.”

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Fax number (if available)

Date: may not be older than 2  State the relationship to the Sir or Recipient Information: E.g., “Dear applicant. E.g., Supervisor, Manager, Head Co-Teacher years Madam”Any additional relevant information 9 or, “To whom it may concern.”  (Please do not put the recruiting agency’s Name: Position: name here)
Signature (must be in ink)

State the average number of hours worked per week. E.g., “40 hours per week.”

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<Letter of Recommendation Template>

Letter Head
Company Address Contact information Phone number Email address Fax number (if available) Date: Recommendations may
not be older than 2 years

Recipient Information: E.g., “Dear Sir or Madam” or, “To whom it may concern.” (Please do not put the recruiting agencies’ name here)

Please write specific information attesting to the applicant’s ability to teach in Korea. The letter must:
  Be in Korean or English Be 1-2 pages Include the applicant’s full first and last name Clearly state the relationship between the referee and the applicant, including the length and nature of the relationship


 Speak to the applicant’s strengths and weaknesses relevant to teaching English in Name:Korea Position: 10  Include any include an ink Signature (Must other relevant information signature)

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